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Updated July 9, 2017
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  1. "Social Strategist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Translation full-time

    Pros

    -Flexible environment
    -A lot of autonomy
    -Lots of opportunity if you seek it out
    -Young, diverse workforce with a vibrant culture

    Cons

    -Creative direction is consolidated at the top
    -The lack of organization causes crippling inefficiency
    -Constantly chasing new business without having solidified in-house business

    Advice to Management

    Put some structure in place.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Run! Extremely High Employee Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can really think of.

    Cons

    Horrible executive leadership. CEO is a sociopath.

    80+ hours of work is common. The CEO thinks he's the CSO and constantly changes his mind about strategic direction. It doesn't matter if you came to the table with the most sound strategy recommendations on the planet, the CEO ultimately makes the decisions. I used to get calls at home at 2:00AM, and when I pushed back (you know, get some sleep), I was told that I wasn't a team player. Overall, the agency doesn't play well with other agencies, which is often necessary when a client hires multiple types of agencies for integrated campaigns. I was put in the middle of some quite unprofessional situations, where the CEO wanted other agencies to fail or get fired. I still have nightmares.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to back down. The next in line leadership needs to actually lead instead of being "yes" people (which are mostly men).

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hoped it would have changed by now"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Director
    Former Employee - Strategy Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and enthusiastic co-workers, novelty

    Cons

    Misogynistic leadership, poor communication from the top down, unbalanced expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Favortism"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    smart and fun collegues, for the most part.

    Cons

    Be prepared to slave away 24/7 and not on your workload, rather others. There is zero operations or culture here. Rather a condescending, manupilative, favorite that does not belong. Furthermore, every one is aware of this and 'tip toes' around to not get burned. It seems to be a trend of favoritsm throughout management as well.

    Advice to Management

    Fire every single one of them and start over.


  5. "Think again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great accounts to work one. Amazing coworkers, everyone felt like family. Great company culture. Amazing parties and company outings.

    Cons

    Horrible management! There is no growth structure and the management teams often have no idea what they're doing. Turnover is extremely high and layoffs (or fires) happen at least a few times a month. There also is no work/life balance. As an employee of Translation, expect to work 12 hours days and sometimes weekends with no reward or appreciation. Because the turnover rate is so high, many of the employees find themselves picking up work from other departments just to keep clients happy. The salary, however, doesn't match the amount of work given. Lastly, the agency is very cut throat. There were a lot of situations that happened where some people got rid of their fellow coworker in order to "get ahead".

    Advice to Management

    Spend time listening to your employees and cultivating relationships with them so that you can help them grow and in turn, help the agency grow. As a leader, you should be helping your team members and not stabbing them in the back in order to get ahead.


  6. "Lack of Communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Translation full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Client list.

    Cons

    The work isn't exciting. CD doesn't have good input. Hard to get ahead for females.


  7. "sr art director"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working hours, reasonable workload

    Cons

    not making a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    hire an ecd's

  8. "Strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams, cool people to work with. Employees are in it together, understand and respect one another. Voices are always heard within reason.

    Cons

    HR/recruiting can be slow to communicate with people.

    Advice to Management

    Have better communication with employees


  9. "Great Potential but Extremely Disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time

    Pros

    Carefree nature, Company events, Salary, some of the people

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, a lot of office politics, no real training and extremely hefty workload

    Advice to Management

    Properly train your staff so that they are able to thrive. Also organize your company! Its a mess


  10. "On the operations side"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, great passionate people within the lower ranks. Good place to learn about the agency life and then get out!

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible! An abusive and unhealthy environment. Poor work life balance. CEO not at all care about career development and helping their people. It is a use me up and spit me out shop.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother. Management wouldn't listen anyway when they think they know it all. There is a reason this agency cannot grow without Steve's music relationships. Zero vision.


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